Take a bite out of this Apple!
The long-awaited iPhone 5
Apple has worked hard to get this one right – and in the main they have succeeded but there are still one or two hiccups
What We Like
If you were afraid to build your hopes up only to have them dashed like you did when Apple released the iPhone 4S, then fear not: the iPhone 5 has had an overhaul. The display is larger at 4 inches and has an increased resolution; the processor is faster, and it comes with 4G capability.
Apple has made this latest addition to the iPhone stable thinner and lighter than its predecessor at just 7.6mm and 112g, and the rear casing is made from aluminium rather than Gorilla Glass, which gives it a sleek look. This slimmed down iPhone is possible because of this change in its construction, and also to Apple deciding to lose some of the bigger components, such as the 30-pin connector, and moving from a micro to a nano-SIM.
The extra half-inch in the screen size makes a massive difference: there’s room for more icons on the home screen, and the 16:9 aspect ratio means that you will have superior viewing when it comes to watching movies on your iPhone. You’ll also wonder how you managed with your old 4S when it comes to surfing the web and using Mail and Notes apps – far less scrolling to catch the end of the message!
If you were impressed with the speed of the 4S, you are going to be blown away by the iPhone 5. The A6 chip is a new processor that makes loading apps completely stutter-free, and swiping through home screens or menus is as smooth as a dish of cream. In fact, to test the two phones, we tried exporting two two-minute videos using the highest resolution: the iPhone 5 romped home in less than half the time in just over two and a half minutes!
Apple has included three microphones that are built into the front, back and bottom of the iPhone 5, so call quality is improved, and because this handset supports HD Voice, you will appreciate the superior call quality when you need to use a supported carrier.
What We Don't Like
The iPhone 5 is very definitely at the high-price end of the market, particularly if you are an avid apps fan because that means you may have to forego the smaller 16GB model in favour of the more expensive 32GB handset.
Although the iPhone 5 boasts 4G, it must be remembered that currently there is only one UK network that supports this: Everything Everywhere’s EE. O2 and Vodafone have 4G services in the pipeline but the iPhone 5 will only latch onto the 1,800MHz spectrum band that EE uses, although it must be mentioned that Virgin are in talks with EE and that the 4G will probably be achieved with Three’s network once it is running.
It’s also worth mentioning that the change from micro to nano-SIM means that you will also have to contact your network for a new SIM card.
The iPhone 5 certainly has a lot to offer – but it demands a lot too in the form of lots of money! If you are determined to own this prestigious little gadget, then so be it, but if you are happy to check out an alternative, take a look at the all-singing, all-dancing Samsung Galaxy S3, which is perhaps, the best Android phone out there right now.